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Jakarta Post

The price of complacency

  • Puspa Delima Amri

    California

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 31 2009   /  01:45 pm

When Foreign Policy magazine released its annual Failed States Index 2009 and categorized Indonesia as a nation "in-danger", a subsequent opinion piece on the matter published in The Jakarta Post on July 9 (by Alexandra Wulan) was met with objections from numerous online readers. "In-danger, how absurd", one wrote, and "Indonesia feels like the most peaceful country in the world". Naming Indonesia as "in-danger" may seem an overstretch. There are certainly many things that make Indonesians feel proud to be citizens of this democratic republic. Indonesia just successfully conducted its second direct presidential election. Despite logistical gaffes from the General Elections Commission (KPU), in general the public was satisfied, confirming the legitimacy of the results. On the economic front, Indonesia manages to enjoy stable economic growth, despite the contemporary global...